Friday, March 6, 2009

Glorifying "The Good Old Days"

I think it's fascinating to watch people justify their angst over prophets by pointing out all the "weird" stuff about which prophets used to speculate, then turn around and criticize the current church leaders for being "boring" because they won't speculate any more. I also think it's fascinating that most of the people who long for "the good old days" rarely mention that those "good old days" included INTENSE persecution, death and incredible hardship - or that the "bad new days" include explosive growth and much more of a "rolling stone" appearance than the "good old days".

Personally, I'll take my life over Brigham Young's any day and twice on Sunday - when they used to meet all day, and our entire three-hour block of meetings would have been the opening exercises. Nostalgia is easy - especially for those who never lived in the times for which they are nostalgic. It allows them to criticize (often harshly) those early leaders while pining for the time in which they lived.

No thanks.

1 comment:

KrizteeTrain said...

I'm with you Papa D! I can only imagine tracting back in those days--you get to someone's house (after riding your horse or walking 20 miles) and they pull a pitchfork on you and get the sheriff to run you out of town.

No thanks. I'll take protests in LA anyday thank you very much.

I do find it interesting that we all really do have our own cross to bear though. For example, how much did the pioneers have to worry about the Law of Chastity? Pornography? Being honest in all their doings? These are challenges for our time and, honestly, when it gets down to it I think we **should** have a harder time getting to the temple than the early Saints, so what does that tell you about who had it harder?